Exclusive: Bent amazed by potential Newcastle exit report - 'Would be an unbelievable deal'
Darren Bent was amazed at the terms Newcastle United were seeking when it comes to offloading attacker Dwight Gayle this month.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the ex-England striker admitted if the Magpies could find a Championship team to meet their demands it would be an unbelievable deal for the club.
It was recently reported that the Magpies have offered Gayle to Championship teams and don’t want a loan fee for him, but instead just want his £60,000-a-week wages paid in full and for a team to agree to pay £20million for him if they reach the Premier League.
Bent admitted that a team like West Bromwich Albion would see £20million as being dead money for Gayle as he’s never quite proven himself in the Premier League.
When asked about the Magpies’ reported demands for Gayle, Bent told Football Insider: “That would be an unbelievable deal for Newcastle if they could get it over the line.
“But it’d be dead money for someone like West Brom.
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“Gayle guarantees teams promotion but when they get to the Premier League, he ends up getting loaned back to a Championship team and doing the whole thing again.
“So it’s all well and good West Brom going yeah get us promoted…but if you’ve got to buy him for £20million in the summer if you get promoted…
“I think he can still do it in the Premier League but managers don’t for some reason.
“But to take £20million out of your budget for someone who is yet to prove they can week in week out score goals in the Premier League…
“So it would be an unbelievable deal for Newcastle but £20million for say a West Brom…that’s a lot of money.”
The 29-year-old has played nine times for the Magpies this season but has failed to score a goal in his outings.
Gayle has played a total of 108 times in the Premier League but only managed to score 21 times, however, the English forward has racked up 59 goals in 100 Championship appearances.
In other Newcastle United news, a Football Insider pundit urged Aston Villa to splash the cash on a Magpies ace.